See how Crittall doors, rooflights, and marble decor give this London townhouse sense of spaciousness, light and elegance

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Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors
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The property 

Spacious but cozy, light-filled but warm, industrial feeling but still in keeping with the original Victorian features. The brief for transforming this now beautiful modern home was no straightforward task but the homeowners entrusted designer Michaelis Boyd to take on the project.

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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The plan was to work with the Victorian features, but also bring in elements of both Georgian elegance and contemporary design too, to create a home that felt traditional, inviting, and lived in but also stylish and modern. 

The project included a total remodel of all the rooms, substantial lowering of the existing lower ground floor, adding a spacious basement, extensions to both the back and side, and a facelift for the exterior and roof. Like we said, no straightforward task, but the results are beautiful, let's take a tour...

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Kitchen

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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The lower ground floor is where you will find the main living space – the modern kitchen, living room, and dining space. The flooring in this space was excavated by a further meter to provide additional ceiling height and extension was also adding so the rooms feel bright and airy.

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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The kitchen itself is a bespoke Plain English Kitchen, painted in a velvety dark navy with a mix of warm wooden worktops and Arabescarto marble. The open dresser that runs along one wall was purposefully left without joinery backs so as not to cover the hand-made tiled wall with adds a lovely subtle texture. 

The lights were sourced from a warehouse and give the kitchen that industrial, taw edge that can be found throughout the rest of the home.

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Crittall doors can be found both inside and out, dividing up rooms and creating a seamless flow from the rooms out into the garden. Having plenty of light in the house was key for the homeowners, and the use of glass doors throughout ensured that light could flow around the space.  

Living area

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Leading on from the kitchen is the snug living room, separated by the wood burner that sits flush to the wall and a full-height vertical slot used to store logs (plus add a lovely design feature).

Despite the elegance of the space, it does feel warm and homely with the open shelving stuffed with books, the low-slung comfy sofas, and warm beige-toned walls. 

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Crittall doors, which lead out onto the terrace, mirror those used in the kitchen, bringing lots of light into the open-plan space and giving the room a slight industrial edge. 

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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The dining space sits opposite the living room, add again is pooled with light with the addition of two roof lights above the table. Wishbone chairs and the statement lighting give the room a slight Scandi-feel, softened by the peachy pink curtains that hang at the windows. 

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Another Crittall door is positioned at the end of the table and leads into the spacious, light-filled hallway. 

Home office

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Having a separate workspace away from the potential noise of the main living areas was important to the homeowners. The modern glass desk is positioned to have the best view out of those lovely, original windows with fill the room with light all day, making it an inspiring and motivating space to work from. 

Staircase

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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The traditional cantilevered Portland solid stone staircase gives a nod to that Georgian decadence the homeowners so wanted to be reflected in the property. It's not too opulent or too decorative but does ground the house, and despite being a new feature feels like it has always stood at the center of the home. 

Master bedroom

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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The master bedroom has a lovely soft color palette – blush pinks, creams, soft greys, and then pops of blue in the rug, dresser, and the artwork. The floorboards in this room are actually reclaimed 300 year old solid oak floorboards from French castles which gives the room a traditional, authentic feel. 

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Master bathroom

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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Despite the beautiful doors, bespoke kitchen, and stunning staircase, the most visually striking feature of this house is the book matched large-format Arabescarto marble shower in the master bathroom. It had to be craned in through a window in four large pieces to create the effect of it being one seamless piece of marble. 

Guest bathroom

Modern London townhouse with internal Crittall doors

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This guest bathroom is in the luxurious attic space that was added to the house during the remodel. It's actually separated from the bedroom with yet another Crittall door so this space still feels cohesive with the rest of the home. 

The light mint green and cream color palette keep the space feel light and bright. Even the texture of the tiles was purposely chosen to reflect more light around the room.